PRESS - THE PARISIAN WOMAN


THE PARISIAN WOMAN
by Beau Willimon
inspired by Henri Becque's La Parisienne
directed by Pam MacKinnon
April 14 - May 5, 2013

Julianne Argyros Stage

Willimon sets The Parisian Woman in the Capitol Hill section of Washington, D.C., where powerful friends are the only kind worth having. This provocative comedy about bad conduct in high places puts lust in bed with ambition. At the center is Chloe, an über-operator armed with charm, wit and sensuality. She uses all the arrows in her quiver to help her husband nab an important government post. How far will this unorthodox couple go to climb up the political ladder? Willimon’s inspiration for the play came from Henri Becque’s La Parisienne.

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Dana Delany and Linda Gehringer in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production ofThe Parisian Woman by Beau Williimon. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.
  
Dana Delany, Linda Gehringer and Rebecca Mozo in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production of The Parisian Woman by Beau Williimon. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.

   
Dana Delany, Steven Weber and Steven Culp in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production of The Parisian Woman by Beau Williimon. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.
  
Dana Delany and Linda Gehringer in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production ofThe Parisian Woman by Beau Williimon. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.

   
Steven Culp, Dana Delany and Steven Weber in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production of The Parisian Woman by Beau Williimon. Photo by Ben Horak/SCR.
  
Dana Delany and Steven Weber in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production ofThe Parisian Woman by Beau Williimon. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.

Dana Delany and Steven Weber in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production of The Parisian Woman by Beau Williimon. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.

       
The Parisian Woman logo courtesy of South Coast Repertory.

The Parisian Woman logo courtesy of South Coast Repertory.

The Parisian Woman logo courtesy of South Coast Repertory.

       
Playwright Beau Willimon. Photo by Patrick Harbron.

Director Pam MacKinnon. Photo by Chad Batka.

Steven Culp courtesy of South Coast Repertory

       
Dana Delany courtesy of South Coast Repertory.

Linda Gehringer courtesy of South Coast Repertory.

Rebecca Mozo courtesy of South Coast Repertory.

Steven Weber courtesy of South Coast Repertory.

Playwright Bio

Beau Willimon iis currently executive producer and show-runner of Netflix’s original series “House of Cards” starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. His play Farragut North, became the basis for the motion picture screenplay The Ides of March, which he co-wrote with George Clooney and Grant Heslov. The Ides of March earned Willimon Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, and it won The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Award for Best Screenplay. Other plays include Lower Ninth (Flea Theater, 2008), and Spirit Control (Manhattan Theatre Club, 2010). Willimon was a recipient of the Lila Acheson Wallace-Juilliard Playwriting Fellowship, named 2008 Playwright-in-Residence at the Donmar Warehouse, and he is a two-time winner of the Lincoln Center Le Comte du Nouy Award. Recently he co-founded Westward Productions, a film and television production company, with Jordan Tappis. Forthcoming projects include Wally and Andre Shoot Ibsen—a film adaptation of Ibsen’s play Master Builder developed by Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, directed by Jonathan Demme. Westward is also developing two documentaries: Odyssey, about adventure traveler Karl Bushby’s quest to circumnavigate the globe on foot, andWesterly, about Westerly Windina, a transgender Australian woman formerly known as legendary pro-surfer Peter Drouyn.

Cast

Steven Culp (Peter) appeared most recently in Harold Pinter’s Old Timesat the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, directed by Michael Kahn. He returns to SCR after appearing in Raised in Captivity(Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Ensemble), Art, and the premiere of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s Doctor Cerberus. Additional theatre credits include the premieres of Tony Kushner’s Slavs! and Phyllis Nagy’s Trip’s Cinch at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival; Angels in America(Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Performance), Blackbird and The Quality of Life at American Conservatory Theater; If Memory Serves at Pasadena Playhouse; Opus, Doctor Cerberus and Biff in Death of a Salesman at LA TheatreWorks; Light Up the Sky at Ahmanson Theatre;The White Rose at The Old Globe; Highest Standard of Living at Playwrights Horizons; the premiere of A.R. Gurney, Jr.’s Sweet Sue at Williamstown Theatre Festival; Coastal Disturbances at Circle in the Square; the premiere of Terrence McNally’s The Lisbon Traviata at Theatre Off-Park; and Richard III at New York Shakespeare Festival. Film credits include Thirteen Days (as Bobby Kennedy), The Emperor’s Club, Spartan, Firehouse Dog, From Within, Leaving Barstow, The Sisters, Nurse Betty, James and the Giant Peach and The Chicago 8. Television credits include series regular roles on “Desperate Housewives” (two SAG awards for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series) and “Traveler”; recurring roles on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Chicago Code,” “Saving Grace,” “The West Wing,” “JAG,” “ER,” “Enterprise” and “Privileged”; the miniseries Gore Vidal’s Lincoln and Impact; and many guest appearances.


Dana Delany (Chloe) is very happy to be performing at SCR for the first time. She can currently be seen in “Body of Proof” on ABC playing Medical Examiner Dr. Megan Hunt. Past theatre work includesTranslations and A Life on Broadway; Dinner with Friends in New York, Los Angeles and Boston (alternating roles); Blood Moon, both in New York and Los Angeles; Much Ado About Nothing at The Old Globe; and most recently, Helter Skelter by Neil LaBute at Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York. Film credits include Light Sleeper and Patty Hearst directed by Paul Schrader, Housesitter, Fly Away Home, Tombstone and most recently, Freelancers with Robert DeNiro and 50 Cent. Delany has starred in many films for television including the miniseries Wild Palms and True Women. Her favorite series roles were in “Pasadena,” “Kidnapped,” “Desperate Housewives” and “China Beach,” for which she won two Emmys for Best Actress. She is the longest-running voice of Lois Lane in animated television and film. Delany is on the boards of Ojai Playwrights Conference and New York Stage and Film and is a strong supporter of the arts.


Linda Gehringer (Jeanette) appeared at SCR earlier this season in How to Write a New Book for the Bible, for which she received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle nomination. She also appeared in the world premieres of The Language Archive, The Piano Teacher, A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, Getting Frankie Married–and Afterwards, Hold Please, But Not for Me and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, a role she repeated in its New York premiere at the Atlantic Theatre Company. Other SCR credits include Circle Mirror Transformation, Doubt, Hamlet, The Retreat from Moscow, A Delicate Balance, All My Sons, Relatively Speaking, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Arcadia and Good as New. She has played leading roles in theatres across the country, most recently in the world premiere of How to Write a New Book for the Bible at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Crowd You’re In With at Goodman Theatre (Jeff nomination), Surf Report at La Jolla Playhouse and The Women andSince Africa at The Old Globe. Recent television credits include recurring roles on “Touch” and “Justified.” Other television work includes “Raising Hope,” “Weeds,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Without a Trace,” “Cold Case,” “Ally McBeal,” “Frasier” and “The West Wing” among many others.


Rebecca Mozo (Rebecca) appeared at SCR previously in In the Next Room or the vibrator play, A Wrinkle in Time, Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, The Heiress and Doubt, a parable. Other theatre credits include, most recently, The Savannah Disputation (Ovation Award nomination), Educating Rita and Trying (Ovation Award nomination) at The Colony Theatre Company; The Cherry Orchard opposite Annette Bening and Alfred Molina at Center Theatre Group; Ghosts at A Noise Within; and Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Peace in Our Time, King Lear, Cousin Bette, Pera Palas, ClassicFest’s A Month in the Country and The Dresser at The Antaeus Company. She also appeared in I Capture the Castle at El Portal Theatre (Ovation Award nomination for Best Actress) as well as at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey where she played Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Film and television credits include The Repatriate, Zerophilia, Headless Horseman, The Waterhole, “Pizza Time,” “Cold Case,” “The Young and the Restless” and “Medium.” She recently wrapped the web series “Kittens in a Cage,” directed by Jillian Armenante. Mozo earned her BFA from Rutgers University and studied at The Globe Theatre in London. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and The Antaeus Company.


Steven Weber (Tom) is making his first appearance at SCR. The New York City-born Weber made his New York stage debut opposite Geraldine Page in Clifford Odets’ Paradise Lost. After appearing in The Flamingo Kid he co-starred in the acclaimed war film Hamburger Hill and soon made his Broadway debut in The Real Thing. But it was the NBC sitcom “Wings” where Weber gained national attention, and later in Aaron Sorkin’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” where he received wide critical acclaim. Weber played the young JFK in The Kennedy’s of Massachusetts and starred in the television version of The Shining. His other films include Single White Female, The TempJeffreyDracula: Dead and Loving It! and Showtime’s comic musical Reefer Madness. Returning to the stage, Weber played Leo Bloom in the hit Broadway productionThe Producers, starred with Kevin Spacey in The Old Vic’s National Anthems, and most recently again on Broadway opposite Matthew Broderick in The Philanthropist. Weber studied at New York’s High School of the Performing Arts and is a graduate of the theatre program at SUNY Purchase.

Creative Team
Marion Williams - Scenic Design
David Kay Mickelsen - Costume Design
Lap Chi Chu - Lighting Design
Cricket S. Myers - Sound Design
Kelly L. Miller - Dramaturg
Sue Karutz - Stage Manager

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